Bedwas RFC 26 Swansea RFC 58
Principality Welsh Premiership, Saturday 12 September 2009.
Match report by John Meredith, Photographs by Ian Lovell.
In their third successive home game Bedwas entertained table topping Swansea. At the start of the day it looked as though Bedwas would be up against it, the Swansea side featuring nine Ospreys players and having soundly beaten Newport the previous week presented a big challenge.
Bedwas had skipper Hywel Jenkins unavailable (holidays) and young centre Tom Cooper out with a hip injury. Andrew McLaughlin came in at centre to replace Cooper and make his Bedwas debut, Steve Gardner coming onto the bench to replace Jenkins.
Swansea started a fast pace and hooker Scott Baldwin crossed after only 4 minutes. In unseasonably warm conditions Bedwas hit back with a long range penalty from Gethin Worgan, Swansea replying with a good try from Gareth Owen. In a fast open game Bedwas hit back with a corner try from wing Dan Hitchings, followed up by a try under the sticks from Stuart Phillips, converted by Gethin Worgan. Swansea hit back again and Tom Prydie added a further try. Bedwas had the last word with two further penalty goals from Worgan for a 21-19 half time lead but lost the influential Mattravers with a hamstring injury, Steve Gardner replacing him.
The second half was a one sided affair as Swansea totally dominated their hosts and scored a further 5 tries to leave the home supporters shell shocked. In a one sided procession Swansea ran riot in a show of skill and power rarely seen at the Bridge Field in recent years and on this form will have a say in the destination of the title winners at the end of the season.
Bedwas fought to the end, Stuart Thomas scoring a fine try from a twisting run through the Swansea defence but ultimately the home side missed too many tackles and were guilty of kicking the ball aimlessly back to their opponents on occasions.
Bedwas Head Coach Steve Law
‘Totally unacceptable for us to leak 58 points at home. Never mind how good the opposition is, at this level I will not tolerate this standard of performance.’